Kelly started riding at the age of 7, while living in Japan. Kelly’s family moved every 2-3 years, and with every move, the passion for horses followed. As a young rider, Kelly had the opportunity to learn from many well known trainers, including; Gry and Duncan McFarlane, Victor Hugo-Vidal, Mickey Hayden and several others.
Kelly has won multiple Medal Finals and while living in Canada, qualified for The Royal Winter Fair (Comparable to going East in the US). Kelly has been in business since 2003 and operates out of Willow & Wolf Equestrian Center. In this time, Kelly has developed a successful riding academy, leading IEA team, summer camp program, and competitive show stable traveling from coast to coast to reach our goals.
Kelly feels that the trainer is the leader of a group of riders and horses and that horsemanship and sportsmanship should be taught and demonstrated by example. With this in mind, Kelly has established a fantastic group of riders that are both supportive of each other and very responsible when it comes to the care of their horses. Kelly’s goal as your trainer: ”To teach you how to think for yourself so that you learn to better understand your horse. Furthermore, to set short and long term goals for each rider and horse, individually. Lastly, to have fun doing what we are all so passionate about…riding our horses, whether it is taking lessons or competing on the A-circuit.”
Riding Academy Manager
Kieran began riding at the age of 6, when she begged her mom for lessons. That was the beginning of her lifelong love for horses! Her family moved overseas for several years and she STILL found places to ride, even in Japan! Upon returning to the US, at 14, Kieran finally got her very own horse and never looked back. During her years as a junior rider she competed in the junior hunters (and jumpers), and her favorite, the equitation and medals! Over the years Kieran was lucky enough to ride with lots of outstanding trainers: Lowry Jones, Laura Stern, Hiedi Cowley, Gry McFarlane,
and Victor Hugo-Vidal...Just to name a few!
In later years, Kieran's growing family settled down in Northwest Indiana where her three kids grew up. Her girls, also horse lovers, began riding and showing under her guidance. There were not a lot of trainers close by to help coach her girls, so she opened Castle Heart Farms over 18 years ago to train and coach riders of all ages. Definitely a family operation! Her riders competed in local and regional rated shows, and each year the team had riders qualifying for medal finals and year end awards.
Coaching others and barn management has always been something she loved to do, and Kelly had been asking her to join Team KMT for a very long time...to bring her experience west. This Fall of 2020, it was the right time to do just that! She now joins our team as the Barn and Riding Academy Manager at Team KMT, and we are very excited to have her!
Rob was born in Tehran, Iran. When he was 5-6 years old, each time his family went to their vacation house in the north of the country, he had the opportunity to ride his family friend’s horses. His love of horses grew, and at age 8, he started showing in the jumpers. After a few years of competitions, he began to ride for the International Junior Jumping Team for Iran.
At the age of 18, Rob became a professional rider and spent the next 18 years training with, and working as assistant trainer for, the top 5 trainers in Iran. In 2016, Rob moved to the US. Since he came to California, he has been competing in the 1.30, 1.40 and grand prix levels.